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Let’s get real.
Every day is not the same. The market takes a hit, you have a fight with your spouse, the deal falls through, you have a sick kid at home, or you just woke up in a terrible mood…
…but you know what? You have to show up (basically) the same.
Unless a major loss has occurred, you have to maintain consistency, optimism, and push. For yourself, your work, and anything you hope to achieve. You have to be able to compartmentalize, place things mentally on the shelf, and pull into mode.
People rely on you to be who they need you to be…and this is true in every single role you’ll ever encounter.
There is a reason they call leadership a “role” - you have to step into it and play the part even on days when you don’t feel your best or your world is not at 100%.
It isn’t just a CEO that has to do this…it’s in your executive role, in entrepreneurship, in customer-facing gig work, or even while making YouTube videos. In team meetings, online, with customers, or with coworkers. You’ve got to be “on.”
You have to show up for them, and you have to show up for yourself…and it can be exhausting. Most people don’t get it right, but those who do can maintain focus, do what they need to do, and mentally parse out the things they can control or address in the moment from the things they can’t.
Sometimes it means you have to keep things to yourself.
It keeps the business moving, your career moving, and it doesn’t have *stall points* that hinder forward motion. You will have to step over some personal obstacles that block others, run forward, and come back to them later. But how do you do it?
This edition is a cheat sheet on how to step into your role, how to think about it, what I took away from a rap artist and athletes, and how to show up as your most effective self on some of the toughest days.
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